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Lawson interview

We chat to Andy from Lawson, ahead of their new single release.


To date, Lawson have notched up six UK top 20 hit singles and are about to release another. Their new single, Roads is sure to be another big hit for the band. The single has an American-pop/rock feel to it and it is catchy, with an instantly familiar feel to it. Although Lawson have been together for quite a few years now, it is only recently that they have been making quite a name for themselves.

The band was formed in late 2009 and they started their music career out as a band by going via the name of The Groves. They changed their name to Lawson, after a certain heroic performance by Dr. David Lawson, who performed life-saving brain surgery on the lead singer, Andy Brown and Lawson were reborn.

Talking of whom, we chatted to lead-singer Andy about their upcoming single and their upcoming album. And here is our interview with the rather fine man himself!

Tell us what your new single ‘Roads’, is about?

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It’s about trying to escape something. No matter how hard you try, you just can’t let it go.

What was it like working at Blackbird Studios in Nashville?

It was amazing. It’s such a great studio, full of insane equipment worth thousands of pounds. It’s home to the likes of Kings Of Leon, Maroon 5 and Keith Urban. It’s the best studio in Nashville.

Tell us what we can expect from your forthcoming album?

It’s big, triumphant and epic sounding. It has a sing-along chorus, with meaningful lyrics. Lots of heys, whoas, foot tapping and head nodding. What else could you need?

What was your favourite moment of making the new album?

It’s hard to pick out a certain moment as it was all so good. One night we called Joels mum at 3:00 am in the morning UK time, to lay down some flute on a song called We Are Kings. I don’t think she was too happy, but it made the final cut!

If you could work with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?

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I’d love to write a song with Paul McCartney. I grew up watching The Beatles and they were the reason that I picked up my first guitar and wrote my first song.

How do you feel your songwriting has changed from a few years ago?

I’ve definitely improved. The more you write the better you get. I wrote a lot of rubbish when I was young, but practise makes perfect. Now I’m at the top of my game song writing wise.

What are you most proud of achieving so far, as a band?

A gold album with Chapman Square. When you start a band at college you never expect one thousand people to buy your debut album. We thought maybe one hundred people would, not one thousand (laughs).

Your UK tour sold out in less than 30 minutes, what were you thoughts on that?

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The support we have is great. We’ve definitely established ourselves as a great live band. We’ve been playing live together for six years. A lot of people don’t know what to expect, I’d say just come a long, and you might be surprised.

Lawson’s new single Roads will be released at the end of the month.


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